Regis Philbin's hip surgery a success

Expected to return to 'Live' in early January

Regis Philbin's hip replacement surgery was successful, a rep for "Live With Regis and Kelly" said Tuesday.

"Regis anticipates returning to 'Live With Regis and Kelly' soon after the first of the year, given the procedure's typical four- to six-week recovery time," the rep said.

Philbin announced his surgery last week during a taping of "Live" in Las Vegas.